Trig Point

Merlot – Diamond Dust Vineyard Alexander Valley – 2014

Region: california - sonoma
Merlot 300 dpi

Trig Point

“A “trig” has been used for many years to establish boundary lines. Trigonometrical stations were set on the top of hills and used as surveying sites. Just as my father was a land surveyor and used these trigs as a reference, so do I when it comes to well known vineyard sites” Nick Goldschmidt, Winemaker.

Grapes / Soils

Merlot Planted 1982 Deep gravely loam

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • The Diamond Dust Vineyard lies just south of the town of Geyserville in the renowned Alexander Valley wine region.  Its old, low vigor vines consistently produce Merlot with more power and depth than typically found in the appellation.
  • The Diamond Dust Vineyard is perfect for Merlot.  Situated in the southern and cooler end of the Alexander Valley and coupled with a slightly more vigorous soil means that the fruit can be taken to full flavor and perfect sugar without dehydration.  Given the vineyard is over 30 years old, the canopy-to-crop ration tends to be in perfect balance, cropping at around 3.5-4.2 t/acre.
Harvest Notes

An easygoing growing season got off to an early start and was moderately warm all year but not in the volume of the abundant 2012 and 2013 vintages. A moderate winter in January and February saw growth in the vineyards develop quickly, leading to an early bud-break in mid-March. A warm, relatively dry spring through April and May meant quick flowering, hindered by only a few days of cold, wet weather. Warmer temperatures returned, just in time for a very even fruit-set throughout May and early June. Warm days followed during veraison in July and extremely dry weather continued throughout July and August. Two weeks of cool, foggy weather at the end of August temporarily slowed down this rapid growth cycle, before a heat wave over Labor Day weekend boosted ripening. The result of this overall accelerated growing season meant that harvest came early when we picked our first grapes during the first week of September, about 10 days earlier than usual. Yields were slightly lower than the previous vintage.

Winemaker's Notes
  • Deep violet color; ripe plum and blackberry aromas with red raspberry and black cherry flavors.
  • Full-bodied and dense, the palate is lush and finishes with velvety tannins and hints of cinnamon and netmeg.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Merlot grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 1982.
  • Grown on soils of deep gravely loam.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in Barrel: 20% new tight grain French, 5% new American.
  • Aged for 12 months.
  • Bottled unfiltered.
Technical Information
  • Varietal:  100% Merlot.
  • Clone:  337.
  • Vineyard:  Diamond Dust Vineyard.
  • Avg. Vine Age:  30+ years.
  • Yield:  3.1 tons per acre/by hand.
  • pH:  3.45.
  • Total Acidity:  .57 g/100ml.
  • Alc %:  14.5.
  • Barrel:  12 months, 20% new tight-grain French, 5% new American.
  • Cases Produced:  2,496.

Reviews

Deep violet color; ripe plum and blackberry aromas with red raspberry and black cherry flavors.  Full-bodied and dense, the palate is lush and finishes with velvety tannins and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Winemaker's Notes, August, 2015

General Info

Country USA
Region Sonoma County
Appellation(s) Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast
Proprietors Nick & Yolyn Goldschmidt
Founded 1998
Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt
Annual Production 5,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable/organic